This summer the Building Crafts College will be opening its doors to The Creative Dimension Trust with two letter carving workshops, one in stone and the other in wood. The Creative Dimension runs fully-funded workshops for 14-18 year olds who love working with their hands and enjoy experimenting with different materials and structures.
The BCC is taking part in London Craft Week with a tour of the college and chair making at the OXO Tower.
One of the BCC’s apprentices has won a Master Builder Award. Ross Handley of James Johnson Ltd was the London Winner of this year’s Apprentice Award.
We are delighted to announce that two BCC students won Wood Awards at the annual ceremony held on 20th November. The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material.
In October, 11 of our lucky Stonemasonry students visited Florence, Italy for a week. They visited the Duomo Palazzo Vecchio, Pietre Dura St Croc and the Academia Gallery.
The BCC’s Fine Woodwork Diploma Year 2 students exhibited at New Designers in July at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. During the show, three students were awarded prizes.
Three BCC students have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.
During apprentice week, on 8th and 9th March, the Building Crafts College hosted careers visits by pupils from the East London Science School, Eleanor Smith School and St. Bonaventure’s School.
The Building Crafts College’s Fine Woodwork Diploma Year 2 students exhibited at New Designers, 5–8 July at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. A total of 19 students exhibited approximately 50 pieces of furniture.
We are delighted to announce that BCC Stonemasonry Apprentice Theo Brogan has come first in the UK Masonry Skills Challenge.
On Thursday 24th November the annual BCC Prize-giving was held at Carpenters’ Hall. Graduates and prize winners were presented with certificates and trophies by the Guest of Honour David Goldstone CBE who is CEO of the London Legacy Development Corporation. In all 250 guests attended what was a very successful and enjoyable event.
From Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th October thirteen stonemasonry and conservation students were led by Nigel Gilkison and Jim O’Brien on the annual study trip that encompasses Florence, Pisa and Cararra. The highlights of the trip were the Florence Duomo and its masons workshops, Pisa and the Cararra marble quarries.
Steven White, an apprentice bench joiner from Borehamwood, had the idea of making a bespoke advent house out of recycled timber for the staff at Hannaford, a commercial fit-out specialist company based in Frogmore, London.
Mr White turned his hand to the project, often staying late to finish, ready for December.
He is currently working towards a Level 3 NVQ in bench joinery, at the Building Crafts College in Stratford.
Two past BCC students have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards: Excellence in Architecture & Product Design in the Student Designer category. Michael Stevenson his Geometry table and Juan Junca for his Milena easy chair.
There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor Roles Broderick Roofing Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out the fabrication and installation of hard metal roofing and cladding systems on a range of sites in Surrey and the surrounding area.
There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor Norfolk Sheet Lead Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out new and conservation lead work on a range of historic sites in Norfolk and the surrounding area.
There is an excellent opportunity for a 12 month placement with a Historic Building Conservation company McCurdy & Co Ltd, which specialises in structural carpentry, based on historic projects in the South of England.
There is an exciting opportunity for a 12 month placement with a specialist Historic Building Conservation company, Fullers (Builders) ltd based initially at the artist Turner’s Grade II* listed house, Sandycoombe Lodge, in Twickenham and other historic projects in the London Area.
There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor Fildes Roofing Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out slating and tiling work and repairs at a range of sites in Sussex and the surrounding area.
There is an exciting opportunity for a 12 month placement with a Historic Building Conservation company Oxford Lime Mortar Ltd specialising in lime mortars and associated materials working on pointing and plaster repairs on historic projects within a 30 mile radius of Oxford. Particularly suitable for recent school/college leaver keen to learn a heritage trade or someone with a level 2 NVQ in plastering/stonemasonry or a related trade keen to work towards a level 3 NVQ in Heritage Plastering.
There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor F.A. Valiant and Son Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out flint and brick-work repairs at a range of sites in the Suffolk/East Anglia region.
Examples of students work from across the College will be displayed for the public to see at Carpenters’ Hall 1st-2nd July.
Stonemasonry and Construction Area Manager Nigel Gilkison receives the Masons’ Company Master Crafts Certificate at Fishmongers Hall.
As part of the Skills Funding Agency Primary Futures Project BCC apprentice stonemason Olly Bunn gave demonstrations of stone cutting to young pupils at Mayflower Primary School in Tower Hamlets. Olly is a second year stonemason employed by JF Stoneworks and was a great hit with pupils.
The winners of the 44th annual Wood Awards were announced at a ceremony held on the 10th November at Carpenters’ Hall in London hosted by broadcaster and architectural historian, Tom Dyckhoff. Past BCC students had great success with Emma Leslie and Butler Hegarty Architects taking home awards.
Starting after the Christmas break the BCC has places available on several courses for 16 – 18 year olds and places available on Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery fast track for over 19 years olds.
Past BCC student Emma Leslie has been nominated for a Wood Award. The Wood Awards are the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. This year sees the introduction of a Student Designer category with three nominees including Emma.
Rachel, Ray (BCC graduates) and Annika are shuttering carpenters working for Morrisroe, the company contracted by LendLease to build the concrete frames, on the Elephant and Castle regeneration project.
The aim of the course is to facilitate a foundation for a change in careers or to supplement any existing practive of a related profession (cabinet making, wood turner or antique restorers) but also to encourage creative individuals to learn the techniques necessary to enhance their own projects
A new team has been formed to deliver our highly regarded Fine Woodwork Programme…